Thousands of young British climate activists are due to walk out of class for another wave of strikes against global warming in the new school year. Scores of demonstrations will take place around the world on 20 September – ahead of the United Nations Climate Change Summit in New York three days later.
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Extinction Rebellion (XR) protesters gathered today outside Northcliffe House, London, home to several of the UK’s national newspapers including i, calling on them to formally declare a climate emergency and support the movement. The non-violent, climate resistance group came with a list of demands, a flurry of banners, paper skeletons, and a classical band to play a “requiem” for the planet. They were there partly to pay their respects to the “400,000 people who died from climate related causes last year” and to the more than 800 species that have gone extinct in the last century.
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It would be difficult to dismiss the gravity of the climate emergency XR wish to avert, but their tactics walk a precarious line between motivation and intimidation, irritating as many people as they inspire. Par for the course, some might say, with activism of any kind – but their future relies on keeping this balance in check, and the cracks are beginning to show. Increasingly, the real controversy which threatens the movement appears to comes from within. Rumours of infighting and bullying among certain factions are rife on social media – signs that the movement is being manipulated by individuals with their own fundamentalist agendas, while reports of members distancing themselves over concerns about some of their more disruptive tactics are on the rise. Are the wheels about to come off?
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